Teersom – Magerøya EP (Basement Grey Records BEGR-001 – 2014)

After impressive debut on Sähkö’s sub Keys of Life, Niko Pettersen aka Teersom launches own Basement Grey Records with barren tracks carried by wobbly percussion. In the EP named after Norway’s northernmost island Magerøya, the man from Turku in Western Finland, and the city of Sähkö Recordings, heads to frozen trails in the other side of the 60th parallel north. For “Water Breath”, thermal suits and strong headlamps are required when diving into the deep where thuds and creaks are echoing in low-oxygen spheres. The bass is turned up to the maximum, which lends a chunky impression also to the next track “Waves E”, moving on more abstract side with bleepy undertones and reverberated noise, like […]

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Ø [Mika Vainio] – Konstellaatio (Sähkö Recordings SÄHKÖ-28 – 2014)

The artwork of “Konstellaatio” gives a clue to the foundations of Mika Vainio’s new album as Ø. It’s about summers in the Nordic countryside, grandma’s mythological tales from the memorable days between self-indulgence, when kids went picking wild strawberries under the burning sun, and suspense, when they were spying at a haunted house in the woods.Considering Vainio’s recent work, “Konstellaatio” is unsurprisingly of very different breed than Ø’s debut album “Metri” from 1994 or early EPs, which were in line with Sähkö’s rhythmic sci-fi fare of that time. Twenty years later Vainio comes with a constellation of life experiences, offering an inward-looking mix […]

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DUST OFF: Hobby – Rudern Im Stehen (Taktik tak 2001 – 1996?)

Croatian native Mate Galić was in the frontline of early German techno and hardtrance movement. Later he could not resist the call of shimmering screens when became a host for VIVA music channel, before moving to managerial positions at Native Instruments and being now the company’s CTO/President. The projects of Robert Babicz aka Rob Acid from Cologne have been integral part of the German scene and he’s still busy releasing new material. Although mainly associated with rave crowds the two have showed differing sides of their creativity, if only to mention Galic’s Bion moniker and his and Babicz’s one-off vehicle Hobby. […]

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Population One – The Rewriting Of An Expression Into A Simpler Form (‎REDUCTION ONE – 2013)

After vagabonding across the labels of the world Terrence Dixon’s search for a theorem of perfect minimalism has now led him to own personal imprint called Reduction, a move long overdue in the light of his prolific output in recent years. The label’s first EP “The Rewriting Of An Expression Into A Simpler Form”comes under the Population One moniker, whereas the deep blue center label reminds of the design of Dixon’s seminal “Minimalism” from 1995.Parallels are not limited to the artwork. By sound Dixon goes back to the beginnings of his career and applies bravely loop structures from the very heart […]

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Samuli Kemppi – Parallax Of One Second EP (M_Rec Ltd M_RECLTD17 – 2013)

Release date is in June 2013 Deep Space Helsinki operative Samuli Kemppi feels inspired. In addition to running DSH imprint with Juho Kusti, Kemppi’s recent release schedule has included EPs on Chronicle, Balans, Komisch and now it’s the turn of Milan’s M-Rec_Ltd to host the space explorer from up North.Watching the oscillations on the control unit screen, Kemppi embarks to multi-faceted techno mission with “Extragalactic” that catches the floor essence with modulating synth lines. Particle shower continues in more atmospheric but still strongly bass-centric “Astrometric Precision” which would be a perfect match to Something In The Sky releases.Heavily slamming “More […]

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Teersom – Tia/No (Keys Of Life 025 – 2013)

At first glance, “Tia” makes deliberately an odd impression with shaky percussion and electromagnetic disturbance, as of low-end equipment would have been used. But this is just a transient disguise before Teersom’s 12-inch on Sähkö’s sublabel Keys Of Life reveals its very essence and brings deep and fresh sounds to today’s techno. In “Tia” bruised drum set works relentlessly like perpetuum mobile across twelve minutes. Controlled by eroded beats and refracted loops, “Tia” would be a perfect match to “Space Pong” or “Aquatic” by Berlin’s T++. The flipside does not release us from the airtight cylinder either when “No” addresses the floor with […]

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Terrence Dixon – Minimalism Re:Vision with Mike Huckaby, Silent Servant, DVS1 Remixes (THEMA033 – 2012)

The year 2012 has been marked by Terrence Dixon’s domination, as we have seen a rush of releases by him, particularly the excellent new album on Tresor. Most recently a glimpse to the history books has been offered by Delsin when they reissued two Population One tracks. Now comes another blast from the past when US label Thema has dusted off a seminal release from 1995 and offered it for reinterpretations. “Minimalism” was a statement when issued by Utensil and from the original four-tracker not surprisingly the A2 cut has been selected for the remixes by three US artists. Mike Huckaby, […]

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Terrence Dixon – From The Far Future Pt. 2 (Tresor 256 LP – 2012)

Ever since 1995 when Terrence Dixon created the genre-defining “Minimalism” on Detroit’s Utensil Records, I have closely followed his progression in the world of techno. After a timeout at the end of the last decade he is now operating in full capacity. The year 2012 has been very prolific for Dixon with a number of new releases or reissues, on Harbour City Sorrow, Delsin, Chronicle and other labels, either under his own name or under Population One moniker. On top of that a new album is out on Tresor with the vinyl and CD versions being largely different having only […]

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DBX – Losing Control Remixes (Peacefrog 025XX – 2011)

Those who have been waiting for the represses of DBX EPs feel the world being a better place now. Their purses might not necessarily agree, but undeniably the 20th anniversary of the UK label Peacefrog brought along a number of excellent limited editions. All-time classic “Losing Control EP” may rest in the shelf for the next special listening, and let’s focus on the remixes of the title track, reworked by Detroit triumvirate in their own distinctive styles shortly after the original record came out in 1994. Rating: 8/10 Planet E man Carl Craig could not resist to add claps and […]

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DUST OFF: DBX – Losing Control (Peacefrog 022 – 1994)

The news that Peacefrog Records is celebrating the 20th birthday big time  – by repressing many out-of-print classics like DBX’s “Losing Control” –  is a good reason to return to this seminal release. Considering that in 1994 also Robert Hood’s “Minimal Nation” came out, it was a superb year for minimal(ist) techno – long time before the term minimal was worn out by mid-2000ies producers. The title track of “Losing Control” with oscillating robo-voice and jacking dry rhythms is for me the genre-defining creation that belongs to techno’s all-time top 10. Well, this is an underground hit, but more amazingly entire EP […]

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